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"The massive ancient covered market" Grand Bazaar - Kapali Çarsi Tip by Durfun

Grand Bazaar - Kapali Çarsi, Istanbul: 112 reviews and 191 photos

  Shoppers in the bazaar, data hangs from the roof!
by Durfun

It is a must-see place. This market has several gates to enter, each numbered and on different streets. Even inside, there are signs and names of the streets for each exit.

You can find practically anything you're after here, from souvenirs, nargiles, crockery, clothes, jewellery, etc. Perfect for window shopping to get ideas, and experience the bargaining process. The convenience of shopping here is that most things are under one roof.

Indeed, prices are lower in the shops along the fringes of the Grand market, due to lower overheads.

However, one must visit this Bazaar. Notice the various fact-files hanging from the colourful ceilings, giving historical datelines, data on the size of the bazaar, etc. It's fun looking out for these signs and taking in the info!

In my photo it says ".. built in the 15th century, covering an area on 54,653 sq.m, is the oldest and largest covered bazaar in the world".

Another one says "It has 21 gates, 2 bedestans, 17 inns, 66 streets, nearly 4000 shops and employs more than 30000 people".

It also has several WCs, to enhance & prolong your shopping trip ;)

Address: Beyazit metro
Directions: Beyazit is the nearest metro. However, it's walking distance from Sultanahmet. Simply follow the tramline to get there. You'll also see signs for 'Kapali Carsisi' (Grand Bazaar)
Phone: 21-+90-534-631-01

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 8, 2010
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